Pit bulls are docile towards people and not just the hand that feeds them; otherwise, it would be too dangerous for someone to handle the dogs during fights. If treated humanely, pit bulls are complete sweethearts, particularly with their families and children. Unfortunately, nurture must eclipse nature as pit bulls tend to have a conditioned aggression towards other dogs and animals, especially if they have not been spayed/neutered ("Don't Litter. Spay or Neuter Your Critter") or if they feel threatened.
The adage of dogs taking after their masters holds true with pit bulls. Oftentimes, pit bulls are bred irresponsibly and sold off to human beings, who probably should not be even charged with the care of a gold fish little less an animal of limited intelligence. They take the pit bull's tough exterior and use it as an avatar for their own self image all the while treating the dog like they would their car parked in the garage, chained up and neglected until needed.
Generally speaking, dogs of any breed are pack animals, which means they yearn for companionship. Chain them up in a backyard without any outlet for their energy or stimulation to keep them on an even keel and the dog becomes territorial. When that dog escapes and acts out on its upbringing by attacking someone or something then the dog is made the proverbial scapegoat while the master merely shrugs their shoulders and passes the blame. It's not fair to the victim, but it is especially not fair to the pit bull.
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Even being part pit bull nearly doomed Snickers and does that strike you as the least bit fair? If a person can go out and buy a gun legally with little fuss other than a background check, shouldn't the same hold true for owning a pit bull. Keep that same notion in mind when adopting a Little Friend. Pit bulls are loving dogs. Just keep in mind, their owner may not necessarily be loving themselves. It's not the pit's fault.